OSPREY, FL (December 3, 2013) Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast announces with great pleasure the election of new officers to its Board of Trustees for the 2013-2014 fiscal year. Officers are Ann J. Charters, Chairman; Eileen Scudder-Zimmermann, Vice-Chairman; Fredric C. Jacobs, Esq., Treasurer; and James Westman, Secretary.
Charters had high praise for outgoing Chairman, Dan DeLeo, partner with Shumaker, Loop and Kendrick. “Dan was at the helm for the past two years, managing our organization through transition, and helping establish the structure to move our board to the next level. I am pleased to follow his lead in this exceptional organization. ”
Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast has protected nearly 8,600 acres in Manatee, Sarasota and Lee counties in its first ten years. Outgoing chairman, Dan DeLeo notes, “It is an exciting time, as we enter the second decade of our existence and build on our excellent track record. The board is developing a land acquisition strategic plan, working with President Christine Johnson, and Debi Osborne, our new Director of Land Protection. Debi has deep experience in land acquisition and management, coming from The National Audubon Society and The Trust for Public Land. Her experience is a great asset to the leadership team in place.”
Other Trustees are Mickey Davis, James Ericson, Harold J. Johnson, MD; Rob Patten; Peter B. Scanlan; Christopher R. Sforzo, MD; and Jeffrey Steinwachs.
Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast works with landowners and regional government to protect and preserve the bays, beaches, barrier islands and watersheds that define the character and ecology of our region. The Foundation is a nationally accredited private land trust preserving land by holding conservation easements and owning nature preserves, educating for responsible land stewardship, and collaborating with individuals, organizations and communities. Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast also works with Sarasota County’s acclaimed environmentally sensitive lands program and their neighborhood parks program. Learn more at www.conservationfoundation.com